Ack, so I haven't written in two months. I should update. I'm going to continue blogging here because I think that even though this blog is a "Post-Acne" blog, it doesn't indicate that I am acne free. Rather, I want to emphasize in this blog that I have found an effective way to deal with my acne, and I am continuing to change/tweak my regimen as my skin changes, or if the need arises. Also because I keep changing my regimen, so I think this is a good way to document how certain combinations of products may or may not work as well for my skin. Right now I have a lot of small acne bumps probably because I haven't been cleaning my face well, and the texture of my skin looks dull. I don't have any painful acne, but I have a few red pigmentation marks. I've decided to use my AHA moisturizer more frequently to fix the dullness and to hopefully help get rid of the stubborn bumps, and also increase my BP usage to every day to speed up healing the skin. AM Skincare Cleanser: Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash Treatment: Alpha Hydrox 10% Enhanced Creme Moisturizer: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion and/or Neutrogena Healthy Defense Liquid Moisturizer SPF 50 Makeup Base: Cover FX Powder FX Mineral Powder Foundation Makeup Remover: Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes PM Skincare Cleanser: Neutrogena Deep Clean Invigorating Foaming Scrub AND/OR Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash Treatment: La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Moisturizer: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion Weekly Skincare Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 Wash/Mask (with salicylic acid) (US equivalent has benzoyl peroxide: Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask)
Hey all, If you're curious about my acne history, the beginnings of it are posted here: My Acne History Since then, my acne journey has been documented in the rest of my previous blog, My combination therapy blog!. Here's a summary of what happened throughout my blog. July 2010: Leaving off from the end of "My Acne History", I started with new dermatologist who put me on the following treatments: Doryx (doxycycline), Retin-A Micro 0.04% (tretinoin), and Clindamycin Phosphate Lotion (1%) and a 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Cleanser. After a week my acne didn't improve much, and my skin became very sensitive, especially to the benzoyl peroxide wash. I quit using the BP wash. Within a month though, my skin cleared up to 90%. Two months later, my skin reverted back to acne everywhere due to stress. October 2010: My acne worsened because I was off doxycycline for a month, and I began to only spot treat with Retin-A because it was flaking my face off. From November 2010 to January 2011 I used Retin-A and Doxycycline on and off because it wasn't improving my skin. In January I moved to London. February 2011: I quit using my dermatologists' regimen and decided to go all natural and focus on healing my damaged, dry, flaking, and sensitive skin - all due to Retin-A. I used Apple Cider Vinegar, Olive Oil, and sensitive skin care, as well as detoxing my body by eating mostly vegan and lots and lots of fruit. While it helped fix my dry damaged skin, the acne came back full rage. March - July 2011: Somewhere in this time I switched over entirely to Neutrogena's Visibly Clear Line (available only in the UK), whose products were marketed as acne fighting but gentle on sensitive skin, but some products were drying for me. At this time, my skin wasn't bad, but my skin wasn't good either. It was still red and irritated. I moved back to the US in late June. August 2011: I found US equivalents to Neutrogena's Visibly Clear line in the Acne Free Stress Control line and started using it. My complexion improved overall - less red - but I had a lot of little under-the-skin kind of acne all over my face. Later this month I discovered that I lost my sensitivity to benzoyl peroxide. This marked my transition into the Daniel Kern Regimen. I started using La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo, with 5.5% benzoyl peroxide. My under the skin acne bumps diminished dramatically. August - September 2011: I started incorporating hydrating moisturizers and argan oil into my routine because BP was drying out my skin. I also started using AHA to help exfoliate the dry skin that BP left behind. In October 2011, after a month of incorporating products mentioned above, my skin was finally clear and non-irritated. No under the skin bumps either! January 2012: I made a post that changed up some products - I stuck to the BP and the AHA, but changed my cleanser to a gentler cleanser, and switched my gentle scrub to a more grainy scrub. However, my skin had remained pretty clear since October. March 2012: Now! My skincare regimen is still pretty much the same as it was in January, and currently my skin isn't in the best condition because of stress, but it now has a bright, luminous, healthy quality to it that it didn't use to have when my skin was dry and flaking a year ago. My complextion has improved a lot - my redness is mostly gone. I have NO acne on my face. NONE. But I still have a few reddish fading acne scars from cystic acne from months ago. My skin is well exfoliated, and soft to touch (but I try not to!). I'm pretty thrilled about this - I've been able to go out more frequently without makeup. And that's pretty much it! If you want to hear more about my acne journey to clear skin in detail, check out my previous blog. Cheers!
Hey all, It's about time I put up my post-acne skincare and makeup routine! It's been about two months since I've updated it in my last post in my previous blog, and I've only changed a little bit of it. I still continue to use acne treatments to prevent further acne, and remain careful about products that may irritate or worsen my skin. SKIN TYPE I have combination skin that is best described as dehydrated oily skin. My face feels tight after cleansing, but gets shiny oily throughout the day. I have medium sized pores. Without acne treatment, am prone to MANY blackheads, whiteheads, and the occasional cystic acne spread primarily across my cheeks, and secondarily on my forehead, jawline, and chin. I also get back acne, but it is less severe than my face. I am classified as having moderate to severe acne. I am Chinese. My hair is naturally dark brown and my skin has yellow to neutral undertones, with a light-medium skin tone range. DAILY SKINCARE AND MAKEUP ROUTINE Basically the Daniel Kern Regimen (DKR) with different products. The entire listed regimen is done in order. *AND indicates usage only when skin requires it - ie. for extra moisture or exfoliation. *OR indicates usage of only one of the mentioned products because extra product isn't needed - ie. no need for extra moisture or exfoliation. AM Skincare Cleanser: Neutrogena Deep Clean Invigorating Foaming Scrub AND/OR Avene Cleanance Soapless Gel Cleanser Treatment: Neutrogena 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment Moisturizer: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion AND/OR Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Creme For Face SPF55 Makeup Base: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (buy from Amazon/Ebay) AND/OR MAC Studio Finish Concealer Powder/Set: Cover FX Powder FX Mineral Powder Foundation Makeup Remover: Kose Softymo White Deep Cleansing Oil (Buy from Amazon/Ebay) PM Skincare Cleanser: Neutrogena Deep Clean Invigorating Foaming Scrub AND/OR Avene Cleanance Soapless Gel Cleanser Treatment: La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo OR Alpha Hydrox 10% Enhanced Creme (switch between them every day) Moisturizer: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion Weekly Skincare Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 Wash/Mask (with salicylic acid) (US equivalent has benzoyl peroxide: Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask) AND... there you have it - my skincare and makeup routine. This sounds like a crazy long list of stuff to use, and looks like it takes a lot of time, but in reality it's really quick! My AM Skincare and Makeup combined takes around five minutes to do, and my Makeup Remover and PM Skincare combined takes around six minutes (to allow treatment to absorb). I think once you actually start going on a regimen, doing it is a lot easier than reading about it. Anyway, hope this helps! Cheers!
Hello! Welcome to my new blog, Post-Acne Experience. This blog is the next chapter of my previous blog, My combination therapy blog! which follows my journey to clear skin from July 2010 to January 2012. Post-Acne Experience will be a blog that continues to follow my skincare and makeup routines, now that I have found an effective acne treatment that's kept me 95% clear for almost six months now. I find that there's a lot of blogs here on Acne.org that follows everyone's journey to clear skin, but barely any blogs that talk about what happens after getting clear. Although my skin is mostly clear now, I want to emphasize that although this is a post-acne blog, it does not in any way aim to suggest that I am acne free. I have simply found treatments that work to combat my acne effectively, and I still continue to use acne treatments to prevent acne from forming. I believe that acne prevention is still key to clear(er) skin. I want to share my experiences about my post-acne experiences because I really hope that it will help at least one person. I remember the low self esteem, negativity, and shame that my acne used to bring me, and I would like to help others in any way that I can by sharing my experiences. Even though some information here may not be useful for all of you, I hope that it will at least be helpful to some. All in all, I hope you all will find this blog useful. Please feel free to message, comment or ask questions! I will do my best to help in any way. Cheers! PS, you can also find me lurking in the Cosmetics and Style forum too.